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Have your say on schools funding in Belfast public meeting

A public meeting will take place in Belfast on Monday where people can make their views known on how schools are funded in future.
Friday, 11 October 2013

In June, the Education Minister proposed changes to the Common Funding Scheme which determines how funds are allocated to schools across the north.

These proposals had been brought forward by an independent panel of experts tasked with examining the current scheme.

The meeting will take place in the Linenhall Library, Donegall Square North, Belfast at 6:15pm on Monday 14 October and forms part of a public consultation on the changes that have been running since June. The consultation closes on Friday 18 October.

A Departmental spokesperson said: “When the Minister set out the way ahead for how local schools are funded, he undertook to gather the views of everyone who might be affected, or with an interest, who wishes to have their say.

“Schools already have a mechanism for responding to the consultation, but in keeping with the Minister’s views we wanted to be able to engage with a wider audience. This public meeting in Belfast follows one held already in Omagh and enables those who wish to put their views across verbally to have their say. It forms part of the wider consultation process that has included an online response form, children’s and young people’s versions and focussed engagement with parents, children and young people. Young people, their parents and family members, youth organisations, voluntary organisations and any other members of the public are all encouraged to get involved.

“There have already been hundreds of written submissions and the Minister will take account of all the inputs received before making a final decision on the way ahead for how funds are allocated to local schools.”

Notes to editors:

  1. Details of the proposed changes to the Common Funding Scheme and ways to input into the consultation are available on the DE website.
  2. The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 18 October 2013.
  3. The Department of Education’s ‘Education Works’ campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to ‘Get Involved Because Education Works’. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit nidirect website for more information or watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel.
  4. View photos from the Department of Education in our Flickr collection.
  5. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team on Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.